Candidate Statements for Division 37. Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Erlanger (Earl) Turner, PhD

Office: President-elect

Candidate Statement:

It is with great honor that I ask for your vote to serve as the next President-Elect of Division 37, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice. As an early career psychologist, I have over 10 years of leadership experience throughout the American Psychological Association (APA). I am the immediate Past-Chair of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and have served in roles throughout divisions 45, 42, and 53. My research and clinical interests include ethnic minority mental health, assessment and treatment of child psychopathology, access to behavioral health services, and cultural competency. In addition to my clinical and research experience, I have been engaging in public education and advocacy through blogging and being a media expert for publications such as the New York Times and Washington Post.

As a psychologist, my passion is for public education and applying psychological science to the health and wellness of youth and their families. I am a member of several APA Divisions (37, 45, 42, 46, and 53) and the Association of Black Psychologists. As president of Division 37, my goal will be to advance our mission by promoting the work of the society and providing opportunities for members to engage in public policy through the use of emerging technologies. Feel free to visit my website for more information at

Candidate: Mirian E. Ofonedu, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I am honored to be nominated to run for the Member-at-Large: Task Force and Diversity Initiatives Coordinator of the APA Division for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37). I am currently serving my second term as Division 37 Program Chair. I also serve as Division 37 liaison to the APA Committee for International Relations in Psychology (CIRP). I received my MSW in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and PhD in Psychology from the Capella University.

I am currently an Adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Director of Training at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore Maryland. For the past 13 years, I have worked as a clinician and as a Research Manager at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. I serve on a number of board and committees related to social work and psychology.

I have a deep commitment to underserved youth particularly those who have been exposed to traumatic events and have conducted research on inner-city Black youth and mental health and treatment engagement of underserved families and young children with behavior problems examining the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence urban youth and family mental health treatment engagement and service utilization to better inform policy and intervention programs. Thank for casting your vote in this election. I hope that you will give me the privilege of continuing my service to APA Division 37.